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Speech Language Pathologist

Diocese of Townsville Catholic EducationTownsville

Position: Speech Language Pathologist
Commencing Date: 
January 2021
Salary Range: $81,636 - $100,969 pending experience

Classification: Full Time (Term Time Only), 1 year Fixed Term Contract 
Closing Date: Friday, 29th January 2021 unless filled prior

Townsville Catholic Education supports a diverse region extending from Townsville to the Burdekin and Whitsunday regions in the south, and north to Ingham and Halifax, south-west to Winton, and west to the border with the Northern Territory, encompassing Mount Isa and several small, isolated western towns and east to Palm Island.

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff is recognised as being central to achieving our mission. 

Townsville Catholic Education is currently seeking committed and enthusiastic Speech Language Pathologist to provide support to our schools in Townsville. This position is a Full Time, 12 month Contract commencing in January 2021. As per the Professional Officers Certified Agreement - this position is Term Time only, offering fantastic work/life balance. 

About the Role

This Speech Language Pathologist contributes to learning and teaching in the Townsville Diocese, by providing a range of speech pathology services responsive to school context. These services have a student specific focus and complement the speech pathology services provided by the TCE Inclusive Education Team.

The Speech Language Pathologist  will promote the importance of language, speech, literacy, voice, fluency and oro-motor functioning as key student outcome areas underlying essential learning for all students. Student’s communication abilities strongly predict their later reading skills, with a sixfold chance of reading problems for students with delays in language skills. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Contribute to the evaluation of speech pathology resource needs and the prioritisation of speech pathology services within the school community
  • Evaluate student communication and learning needs. This may include:
    • Discussion with class teachers, classroom observation, review school reports and assessments
    • Administer qualitative and quantitative assessment using standardised and non-standardised assessment measures.
  • Provide verbal and/or written reports to parents and educators following evaluation and/or intervention
  • Implement intervention approaches for identified students, consistent with current practice, to enhance student communication, learning and well-being outcomes
  • Plan collaboratively with class and support teachers as appropriate to facilitate the prioritisation and generalisation of communication and learning goals
  • Curriculum is heavily reliant on oral language skills, therefore planning collaboratively with class teachers to remove speech, language and communication barriers within the classroom will ensure access to all curriculum areas.
  • Develop intervention approaches/resources and provide training to school support personnel to facilitate their implementation and evaluation
  • Collaborate and contribute to the professional development of school staff as well as providing opportunities for parent education
  • Liaise with parents, external service providers and other agencies as necessary to ensure the well-being of student and optimise the quality of services
  • Establish professional partnerships with school staff – leadership, teachers, support teacher/s, school officers, guidance counsellor/s and relevant services staff
  • Support school staff to implement TCE policies, procedures and guidelines, specifically in the area of inclusive education for students with communication impairments
  • Assist school personnel with identified priorities for the speech pathology service, using school-based procedures, such as the Education Adjustment Program, and Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for Students with Disability
  • Establish professional networks with other TCE personnel including other Speech Language Pathologists and Advisory Visiting Specialists
  • Confidential records of speech language pathology services provided are maintained and undertaken in accordance with Townsville Catholic Education Office guidelines
  • Maintain standards of practice and competencies consistent with those described by Speech Pathology Australia and Townsville Catholic Education Office.

About You


  • An understanding of and sensitivity to, the ethos of Catholic Education
  • Highly developed interpersonal and written communication skills in dealing with a diverse range of students, school staff, parents/carers, community members and professionals from other agencies and organisations.


  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and to form effective partnerships with other professionals, students and parents/carers
  • Knowledge and understanding of assessment tools
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant best practices in the area of speech language pathology.


  • Capacity to facilitate, perform and interpret appropriate speech and language pathology assessments and to report findings to all stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective programs and monitor the progress of these programs, making adjustments as required specifically for students with a disability
  • Be committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population
  • Excellent time management skills, flexibility and ability to work independently and problem solve.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government – exemption for AHPRA or OCT Registration
  • Appropriate tertiary qualification(s) in Speech Language Pathology
  • Current practicing membership with Speech Pathology Australia Queensland
  • Current Driver's Licence
  • Ability to travel within the Diocese
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience in an educational setting

Please see the Position Description for more information.  

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary starting: $81,636 - $100,969 pending experience
  • 4 Weeks Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a  co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance 
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Attach a covering letter, of no more than 2 pages, addressing the experience, knowledge and skills to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description. 
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email) of two professional referees

For a confidential discussion, please call Kimberlee Lynch on 07 4773 0900

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Friday, 29th January 2021 unless filled prior.


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